flick­er­ing tealight house

Set a twin­kling scene with this clay project

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Look­ing to add a DIY touch to your Christ­mas styling? Then try your hand at our sim­ple project and cre­ate your own tealight holder in just three easy steps.

We’re big fans of air-dry­ing clay – there’s no mess and there’s no bak­ing re­quired, plus it’s the per­fect ma­te­rial for smaller projects. In­spired by the above de­sign from The Con­tem­po­rary Home in Vickie’s house, our ver­sion is easy to make your­self at home. Read on for our step-by-step tu­to­rial.

1Take a large piece of clay and roll it out onto a flat sur­face un­til it mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 10 x 12cm. The thick­ness should be around 3-4mm. Be care­ful to use the rolling pin evenly across the clay to en­sure an equal thick­ness over the whole piece and smooth out any un­even ar­eas as you go. Ide­ally, you want the sur­faces to look as uni­form as pos­si­ble.

2Us­ing a ruler and scalpel, cut a house shape from the rolled clay mea­sur­ing 7cm wide x 10cm high (at the top point of the house). Roll out the clay again and use it to make a side piece of the house. Re­peat to make an­other side piece (the back is left open so the house has just three walls) and two roof pieces that will fit in with these mea­sure­ments.

3Cut out win­dows from the front and side pieces. Leave ev­ery­thing to dry for 24hrs or as di­rected on the pack­ag­ing. Use a dab of wa­ter and Go­rilla Glue to assem­ble the pieces to­gether and build your house shape, hold­ing in place and then leav­ing to dry each time the glue is set­ting.

SAFETY NOTE Never leave a burn­ing candle unat­tended.

En­sure your pieces are cut ac­cu­rately and with straight lines to make it Eas­ier to line them up when you come to as­sem­bling them

gold and white ce­ramic tree or­na­ment, £1; gold beaded gar­land, £4, both Wilko

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